Past Event

Italian Proficiency Exam

May 13, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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The Italian Proficiency Exam will take place May 13, 10-11 am.

The exam will be administered online.

If you registered for the exam you will receive an invitation to the Canvas site of the Department of Italian. 

Accept the invitation and make sure in advance you can access the site. 

If you cannot access the site, contact Lani C. Muller  [email protected]  / Aurelia Rabot-Hernandez[email protected] by 3 pm on May 12.

The test will be accessible in Courseworks - Quiz at the time and the date indicated.

Upon entering sign the honor pledge, and list the advisor or administrator who will be informed of the result of your exam.

You have one hour to translate a passage of about 200 words from Italian into English.


Only the use of a dictionary, either paper or online, is allowed. 

The use of any online translation program (such as Google Translate) is not allowed.

Your English translation is considered accurate if you remain close to the original but translate into idiomatic English. The use of alternate translation (two different versions of the interpretation of certain words) is not acceptable.


As an alternative way to satisfy the language proficiency requirement the Department of Italian offers a Rapid Reading and Translation Course (Italian GU4005) in the fall semester. 

The majority of Columbia graduate programs consider the successful completion of the Rapid Reading and Translation course as a way to fulfill the foreign language proficiency requirement.



Contact Information

Aurelia Rabot-Hernandez